19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

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19 days in Bulgaria Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sofia
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Bansko
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Rila
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Plovdiv
— 2 nights
5
Veliko Tarnovo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Varna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Sunny Beach
— 4 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: New Delhi

3
nights
Sofia

Sofia ©
Spend time in one of Europe's oldest cities, the vibrant Bulgarian capital of Sofia.
Sofia is known for historic sites, fun & games, nightlife, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral, steep yourself in history at The Rotunda Church of St George, make a trip to Saint Sofia Monument, and test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sofia visit planner .

New Delhi, India to Sofia is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Eastern European Time is minus 3 hours. When traveling from New Delhi in September, plan for slightly colder days and cooler nights in Sofia: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bansko.

Things to do in Sofia

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
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St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral ©
St. Alexander Nevski Cathedral
Boyana Church ©
Boyana Church
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Bansko

Bansko ©
Boasting the longest ski runs in the country, Bansko offers one of the best ski resort locations in Bulgaria.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Holy Trinity Church, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pirin National Park, and then make a trip to Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ski Bansko, then take in the awesome beauty at Vihren, and then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Bansko sightseeing planning app .

Drive from Sofia to Bansko in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September, daily temperatures in Bansko can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rila.

Things to do in Bansko

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Pirin National Park, Bezbog - peak in Pirin Mountains
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Pirin National Park ©
Pirin National Park
Vihren ©
Vihren
Ski Bansko ©
Ski Bansko

2
nights
Rila

Rila ©
Rila is a town in southwestern Bulgaria, in Rila Municipality, part of Kyustendil Province. On the 8th (Sun), make a trip to Tsarska Bistritsa, admire the local landmark of The Big Drinking Fountain, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rila Monastery. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rila and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Rila National Park.

Plan trip to Rila with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Bansko to Rila in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In September in Rila, expect temperatures between 29°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Plovdiv.

Things to do in Rila

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

The Big Drinking Fountain, Tsarska Bistritsa
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Rila National Park ©
Rila National Park
Rila Monastery ©
Rila Monastery
Tsarska Bistritsa ©
Tsarska Bistritsa

2
nights
Plovdiv

Plovdiv ©
Though it is often seen as merely a stopover city, Plovdiv is actually a lively university town with bohemian cafes, a thriving art scene, and exciting nightlife.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at "St. st. Konstantin and Elena" Church, have some family-friendly fun at Old Plovdiv Retro Photo, don't miss a visit to Plovdiv Old Town, then delve into the distant past at Plovdiv Roman Theatre, then examine the collection at Ethnographic Museum, and finally stroll around Park Tsar Simeon. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Assen's Fortress, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bachkovo Monastery, get your game on at Karting Track Lauta, make a trip to Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clock Tower.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Plovdiv holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Rila to Plovdiv takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Plovdiv, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Veliko Tarnovo.

Things to do in Plovdiv

Fun & Games Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Assen's Fortress, Bachkovo Monastery
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Old Plovdiv Retro Photo ©
Old Plovdiv Retro Photo
Plovdiv Old Town ©
Plovdiv Old Town
Plovdiv Roman Theatre ©
Plovdiv Roman Theatre

2
nights
Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo ©
Veliko Tarnovo is a city in north central Bulgaria and the administrative centre of Veliko Tarnovo Province.Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Kaya Bunar, then don't miss a visit to Samovodska Charshiya Complex, and then delve into the distant past at Tsarevets. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of God, examine the collection at Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, then appreciate the history behind Asen's Monument, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chiesa della Nativita.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Veliko Tarnovo trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Plovdiv to Veliko Tarnovo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Plovdiv in September, expect little chillier with lows of 13°C in Veliko Tarnovo. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Varna.

Things to do in Veliko Tarnovo

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR, Chiesa della Nativita
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Tsarevets ©
Tsarevets
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR ©
Open Air Ethnographic Museum ETAR
Chiesa della Nativita ©
Chiesa della Nativita

3
nights
Varna

Varna ©
Combine historical exploration and seaside relaxation at Varna, Bulgaria's coastal Black Sea city.
Explore Varna's surroundings by going to Tyulenovo Rocks (in Tyulenovo), Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik (in Balchik) and Cape Kaliakra (in Dobrich). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at ''Primorski'' park, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dolphinarium Varna, take in the spiritual surroundings of Aladzha Monastery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Varna online trip builder .

You can drive from Veliko Tarnovo to Varna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Varna can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sunny Beach.

Things to do in Varna

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Tyulenovo Rocks, Cape Kaliakra, Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik, Pobiti Kamani
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''Primorski'' park ©
''Primorski'' park
Palace and Botanical Gardens of Balchik ©
Cape Kaliakra ©
Cape Kaliakra

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nights
Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach ©
Famous for its nightlife, the town of Sunny Beach along the Black Sea coast is the most popular summer vacation spot in the country.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sunny Beach: Sozopol (Sozopol Old Town & Church of Saint Zosima) and Sea Garden (in Burgas). And it doesn't end there: cool off at Action Aquapark, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, find something for the whole family at Sunny Beach Luna Park, and do some two-wheel cruising with Karting Sunny Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Sunny Beach online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Varna to Sunny Beach takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in September, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sunny Beach

Theme Parks Parks Baths

Side Trips

Sozopol, Sea Garden, St Stephens Church
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Action Aquapark ©
Action Aquapark
Sozopol Old Town ©
Sozopol Old Town
Turkish Baths

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